Sweet Potatoes for Breakfast?

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Nothing makes the house smell better than sweet potatoes especially during the crisp Fall weather …

Here is a great recipe to add sweet potatoes to your morning routine! Sweet Potatoes have so many wonderful benefits especially first thing in the am!

Now you can get your day started out on the right foot …

Ingredients: 

2 sweet potatoes, baked and mashed

1 ripe banana, mashed

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon  of full fat coconut milk or unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/4 cup of Raisins or dried unsweetened cranberries

1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut flakes

1/4 cup of raw nuts of choice ( I like pecans)

Directions

In a medium bowl, mash together the sweet potatoes, banana, cinnamon and pumpkin spice.

Add optional ingredients

Reheat in a small pan or in microwave.

Finish with toppings of your choice and serve.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic 

Top 5 Things I Would Do The Day After the Election

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Today marks the first day of office for our New President ..I feel like for the last two years all we have heard is who is going to be the next president of the United States and now today November 9th the day has arrived. So I started to ask myself .. What would I do my first day as president in the White House … (yes I know the president doesn’t officially move in until January when they are sworn in) … but for fun as a Fit Chic here is what I would do …

#1 Sleep – After two years of constant campaigning you probably want to get a little shut eye.

#2 Do Yoga in the Oval Office – Because how fun would it be to say that you have done a yoga practice in the Oval Office. Also, think of the clarity you would get and the meditative relaxed state you be in to make monumental decisions for our country!

#3 Have the Chef make me a killer meal – Imagine if you could have anything your little hearts desired at anytime. I would have a delicious American an amazing omelet with balsamic garlic brussel sprouts (my mouth is watering as I type)

#4 Make the appropriate changes to the gym – Each president has their own interests and flavor they want to add to make it feel like “their” home. President Obama added a basketball court, President Truman added a bowling alley, and I would add a Fit Chic Style Gym with some of my favorites. I would have a rower, some kettle bells, a pull-up bar, stall bars, slam balls, a state of the art yoga room, attached to a meditation area. 

#5 Invite over my closet friends and have a “Welcome to the White House” Wine Dinner and a Movie – What better way to celebrate your new home and new title than with your friends. How fun would it be to have a nice dinner party in the State Dining Room. After some delicious wine and food we would change into our cozy PJ’s and head over to the elaborate movie theater to watch a fun light hearted comedy. We would order popcorn fun movie snacks and head on in to watch the show.

So maybe I would not make the best president, but I sure would make the White House the most fit and healthiest it has ever been!

What would you do your first day in the White House Fit Ones?

Post in the Comments below ..

Happy Hump Day!

Fit Chic 

Balsamic Bacon Chicken …

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This is a very simple and delicious recipe!!! I love warm brussel sprouts in the fall and with the chicken combo it will warm your tummy and your heart!

Ingredients: 

2 lbs chicken breast

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup of diced onion

½ cup olive oil

2 cloves garlic, crushed

¼ cup chopped rosemary

1 tsp of sage

15 oz brussel sprouts, stem cut off and cut in half

2 apples, cored, peeled, and chopped ( I used gala)

6 -8 slices of bacon, chopped

Directions: 

  1. Cut your chicken breast into smaller chunks and add onion;. Set aside.
  2. Make your marinade by blending balsamic vinegar, oil, garlic. sage, and add chopped rosemary. Blend for at least 1 minute or until rosemary is well completely mixed. Place chicken into a bowl or container with marinade. Marinade for at least 5 minutes but you can leave it up to 8 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large sheet pan with foil. Place brussel sprouts, apples, and bacon on the sheet. Add chicken. Pour left over marinade over sprouts and apples.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes (depending on thickness of chicken), or until chicken is cooked through and there is no pink in the middle.
  5. Remove from oven and serve.
  6. Enjoy!

Fit Chic 

A Positive Monday Experience …

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Are you the type of person who looks at the glass half empty, or the glass half full?

Do you have friends, co-workers, family, etc  whom are always having “bad” things happen to them.

These people will use phrases like “Why me” or “Could it get any worse” etc..

I like to call these people “Debbie Downers” (click on the link for further explanation).

What if it was “you” that was creating the bad day?

Yes, we all have problems or situations arise in our life, but it is the way we chose to view and handle the situation which makes the outcome good or bad.

Here are 3 Great ways to help keep that positive attitude and look at the positive outcome instead of going right to the negative.

1. Keep Perspective:

Ask yourself is this really detrimental to my life, in a week, month, year from now am I going to look back at this situation and still be this upset or view it in this negative fashion? When your perspective changes, your whole outlook changes with it. Example, I recently got in an accident, and it was completely the other guys fault but he lied and told our insurance it was our fault. This was far from true and we had to pay a lot of money to get our car fixed. I could have gotten angry or had a bad attitude, but instead I told myself “no one was injured we are all healthy and happy, my car was not totaled and I had the money”. I chose to focus on the positives and now that is how the situation looked.

2. Keep Your Mindset in Check:

There is how we view something and then there’s reality. It is just as easy to tell yourself over and over how bad things are. Especially when you turn on the news, listen to the radio, read a magazine we as a society love to focus on the negative instead of all the good in the world. I am not saying be “happy” 100% of the time, you don’t have to smile to look at the bright side. A good way to keep your mindset in check is have your goals and daily affirmations near by and when problems or occur focus on the positive opportunities in your life.

3. Keep Out the Naysayers:

The easiest way to keep a positive mindset is to develop a circle of positive people and materials around you. We all adapt to our environments, so if you continue to associate with negative people most likely that is the outcome you will obtain as well. The saying “misery loves company” is very true. The great thing is when you surround yourself by constant positivity that is what begins to come into your life. Write a list of the top 5 people you associate most and put this to the test. Are these people your anchors or engines?

A good quote to live by is “It is not the problem that’s the problem, it’s the way we view the problem that’s the problem”.

How are you going to change your outlook Fit Ones?

Post your answers in the comments below.

Fit Chic

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Fit Chic LA’s Friday Quote

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I thought I would leave you all with a good quote to get you through your weekend….

“Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.” – Dale Carnegie

Do something bold and out of your comfort zone this weekend Fit Ones.

What is it going to be? Post in the comments below….

Happy Friday!

Fit Chic

Fit Chic Pumpkin Ravioli ….

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We were at a restaurant recently and on the menu they had Pumpkin Ravioli that looked amazing. So I thought I would go ahead and make it myself … The ravioli can be stuffed with anything for future recipes too. Since pumpkin season is in full effect I thought it would be a great fall recipe that people can really enjoy!

Ingredients:

4-5 medium yellow squash

1/2 can pumpkin organic

2 tablespoons honey

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

salt and pepper

Ingredients for honey butter sauce:

1 stick grass-fed butter

2 1/2 Tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette

1 1/2 tablespoons honey

1/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

1. Cut ends of squash off and slice down the middle so you have two halves.
Using the narrowest setting on your mandolin, slice the squash into long, flat
strips. You’ll end with around 60-70 strips.

2. Mix pumpkin puree with honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Season filling with salt and pepper.

3. Assemble the ravioli by just barely overlapping two strips of squash. Do the same over the middle of the first two strips, but perpendicular, creating a cross or “t” shape.

4. Spoon pumpkin filling in the center of the cross, then bring the ends of the strips together, overlapping each other. Secure with a toothpick.
5.Steam raviolis for about 4 minutes, or until squash is tender and inside is warm. You can also throw them in a pan over low to medium heat with some coconut oil and sauté until squash is slightly browned.
6. Place Ravioli on a plate and top with pecan butter sauce.
For the Butter Pecan Sauce:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Toast pecans for 10 minutes until slightly browned, let them cool off.2. While pecans are in the oven, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until butter just begins to brown, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat.3. Mix in balsamic vinegar, honey, and pecans.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

 

5 Things To Do with Your Left Over Halloween Candy

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Have you gorged on Halloween candy and still have tons of leftovers? What can you do with all your leftover Halloween candy so that you (and your family) don’t turn into a candy corn? Here are some great ideas so that your candy can go to good use other than the trash. ‘

Donate It
Now you can feel like you are helping your waistline and a cause. Here is a great link to some wonderful causes that will benefit from your Halloween Left overs.

Ship It to Troops
This is a great project for you and your children to do together. Operation Shoebox Halloween candy program ships packages full of goodies to troops as another way of saying thank you for their service. They also put a call out for toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste for some seriously responsible indulging.

Use it as holiday decor

With Christmas around the corner, saving candy or freezing some in small plastic bags can easily be used for some holiday decorations. Treats can be used to decorate a gingerbread house or used to make Christmas ornaments. You can also use it as stocking stuffers or table decorations.

Use it for a party

Pinatas are often reserved for children’s birthday parties but let’s face it, adults love them too. Stuff your left-over treats into a pinata or make a board game and use the candy as game pieces. Now you can have fun and not feel bad for it!

DIY Project candy: craft, count, sort and match

Help your kids learn by using various candies to count, and match and sort colors. M&M’s, Skittles, Starbursts, jelly beans, and other colorful candies are the perfect tool! You can have your kids sort the colors, find the correct sequence, and count how many of each color there are. Now you can use the candy to educate your children.

Now you don’t have to let all that Halloween Candy go to waste!

Fit Chic

 

The Perfect Paleo Pumpkin Chili ….

Now say that three times fast……

I made this for two of my clients and it was a definite hit! It is a great recipe for the Fall, and if you want to double the recipe it freezes really well too!

Pumpkin Chili

Ingredients:
1lb ground beef
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup green pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1 cup pumpkin
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp pepper
dash salt

Directions:

In a frying pan, saute the ground beef, onion, green pepper and garlic until meat is brown. Pour off grease and add in tomatoes, pumpkin, chili powder, cumin, pepper and salt. Mix well. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

For an added bonus top the chili with a baked sweet potato.

Enjoy!

Fit Chic

What 100 Calories of Halloween Candy Actually Looks Like ..

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Halloween is all about the treat of the trick!! We come home with mounds and mounds of candy and what do we do with it all?

Well before you go to town on that orange pumpkin candy carrier look at what a 100 calories of candy actually looks like to you.

Here are ten popular candy trends this Halloween …

2 bite sized Butterfingers = 90 calories 

1 fun sized Snickers = 90 calories

2 1/2 Reeses mini cups = 110 calories 

2 strands of Twizzlers = 80 calories

4 1/2 hershey kisses = 100 calories 

5 starbursts = 100 calories

13 pieces of candy corn = 100 calories 

20 M&M’s = 100 calories

25 skittles = 100 calories 

1 fun sized kit kat = 70 calories 

Fun and bite size Halloween candy can add up quickly so this is a good guide for you to stay balanced have a little treat and stay on track with your health and wellness.

Happy Halloween!

Fit Chic 

 

Chocolate’s That Actually are Beneficial This Halloween …

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Everybody loves Halloween Candy, but most know how bad it can be for our overall health. But what if you could enjoy your trick and your treat this season …

Here are some great chocolate options to look for when choosing your delectable treats ..

  • Fair Trade Certified
  • Non GMO
  • Organic and Environmentally Safe
  • No Soy Lechitin

Brands you will love:

  1. Fair Trade (Trader Joes)
  2. Cocoa Compassion 
  3. Lindt’s 80% Dark Cacao Chocolate
  4. Green and Blacks 
  5. Theo’s 

Now treating that sweet tooth won’t leave the tummy grumbling and will keep your face smiling ….

Happy Friday!

Fit Chic